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January 8th, 2012
The Detroit Lions got a big break today when the New York Giants lost to the Washington Redskins, paving the way for Dallas to win that division, which in turn gives the Lions a leg up in the wild-card race.
The Giants will have to win their final two games to have a shot, while the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks have to play each other at the end of the year. Therefore, the Lions are in the best position for that final wild-card spot.
The San Francisco 49ers, who are 10-3 on the season, still have a couple of tough games left on the schedule. I think they will lose one of them, which should put them behind the Packers and the Saints.
The Lions started the season with five straight wins, but their first loss came to the San Francisco 49ers. A rematch in the playoffs would be very interesting given the nature of the exchange between the teams' coaches at the end of the first game.
However, the Lions are not the same team they were earlier in the season.